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The Knot Hole ~ Hot Tub, Redwoods, Creek, Dog Friendly, Private, Deck, BBQ!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Away from it all, yet close to Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Wine Tasting

Imagine watching wildlife from every room of the house! The Knot Hole is a retreat unto itself, featuring 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The home is nestled against a fern laden hillside and surrounded by a tall privacy fence. Enjoy life among the towering redwoods, just yards away from your own access to the crystal clear waters of East Austin Creek. Glimpse otters as they swim upstream or watch the salmon spawn! This year-round creek is home to a plethora of wildlife, including giant blue heron, egrets, wild turkeys, otters and deer.

The Knot Hole offers a serene, visually rich multi-level environment with abundant windows, glass French doors, 3 separate decks and a hot tub.

Outside, you'll find multiple decks and sitting areas on the property. The lower deck features an outdoor sunken claw foot bathtub. The hot tub sits on its own private deck and is shaded by an umbrella (imagine soaking in the hot tub even in the misty rain). The middle deck features an outdoor dining set with views of the Austin Creek. The rooftop deck offers comfortable outdoor furniture, also with spectacular views of the creek. Besides these sitting areas, The Knot Hole also offers 2 more sitting areas alongside the creek. A swimming hole is located about 100 feet down the road.

Inside this home, Persian rugs complement the 100-year-old knotty pine floors that grace the main living areas. Enjoy your morning coffee at the living room table while you watch hummingbirds flash their iridescent colors. Or enjoy the morning from the privacy of the hot tub while you listen to the waters of East Austin Creek. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen offers granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The comfortable furnishings and ambiance assure a relaxing stay. The master bedroom is equipped with a writing nook, antique wood stove, picture window, down comforters and down pillows. The master bathroom also features mosaics and multiple windows that allow you to view the birds and ferns on the hillside even while showering. The comfortable cozy furnishings, antiques and ambiance assure a relaxing stay. The second bedroom and second mosaic-tiled bathroom are accessible by an exterior entrance.

This piece of paradise is also dog friendly, as it's fully fenced and allows lots of safe areas to relax with your dog. (Please note that the steep hillside behind the house is not fenced, but only the most skilled canine climbers can get out.)

Have kids who want to explore creeks, catch frogs and splash in puddles? You can find it all at The Knot Hole, for your kids or for your inner child.

Close to the ocean, wineries, golf and Guerneville, The Knot Hole provides the perfect base camp to enjoy your vacation. According to previous guests, it's just what the doctor ordered!

MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: The maximum occupancy at The Knot Hole is 6.

QUIET HOURS: Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.

PARKING: On-site parking is permitted for a maximum of 2 vehicles. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

More Details

Property Manager
Russian River Vacation Homes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
October 5, 2017

About Russian River Vacation Homes

We are Russian River Vacation Homes, a part of D&G Equity Management, Inc., a family owned and locally owned/operated property management company.

Our Story:

In 1980, D&G founders and owners Michael and Patty saw a need in the area for habitable, affordable housing. At that time, many of the little cabins along the Russian River, originally built as summer cabins, were unsuitable for year-round occupancy. D&G assisted property owners with fixing up and renting their cabins. As the largest property management company in western Sonoma County, D&G Equity Management continues to be a staple in the Russian River community.

Russian River Vacation Homes is an off-shoot of D&G. One fine day in 1985, Michael's client, Bob, asked "Hey Mike, can you rent my cabin out just for the week or weekend instead of by the month?" Michael said "Sure!" and Russian River Vacation Homes was born. As renting vacation rentals became more popular, Russian River Vacation Homes grew into a full-time business with its own office. Today, Russian River Vacation Homes professionally manages over 60 high-quality vacation rentals.

We strive to make each and every stay the best one ever. If you have any questions or concerns about reserving or staying with us, please don't hesitate to contact us! We are here to help.

Why Russian River Vacation Homes chose Sonoma County

The Knot Hole is located in the historic peaceful village of Cazadero amongst the redwood trees. Cazadero is 12 miles to the Sonoma coast, 12 miles to Guerneville, 9 miles to Monte Rio, 7 miles to Duncan’s Mills and a short drive to Russian River Valley wineries. Cazadero has an old fashioned country store and a coffee shop. Duncan's Mills, Guerneville, and Monte Rio have a number of great restaurants. Duncan's Mills has a number of boutique shops. Monte Rio has a public beach with boat rentals (June-September), a movie theater and a small store.

What makes this house unique

Why we love the Knot Hole! -

The Knot Hole is the perfect escape from the rigors of everyday life. The real world melts away while you get to enjoy a little peace and quiet alongside Austin Creek. Bring your dog, bring your family! The Knot Hole is an amazing getaway among the redwoods!


Nearest Airport
98.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Blue Heron
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Northwood Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 116.
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Cape Fear
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Pacific Ocean, Goat Rock Beach
Car: necessary

The Knot Hole is a great place to get away from the city and relax among the beautiful redwoods. Enjoy the peace and quiet!

The scenic Sonoma Coast and the town of Jenner is less than 15 minutes away. Hiking and wildlife viewing abound!

Nearby Duncan's Mills has a great little shopping area, complete with antique stores, art galleries, a general store, and other great boutiques.


Cazadero House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • The master bathroom also features mosaics and multiple windows that allow you to view the birds and ferns on the hillside even while showering. The 2nd bathroom is on the 2nd floor and is accessible via the 2nd bedroom. There is also an outdoor shower, along with an outdoor bathtub!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The master bedroom is on the first floor and has a queen bed. The 2nd bedroom is on the 2nd floor, and is accessible via an exterior entrance. The 2nd bedroom has a queen bed, and it's own full bathroom. There is a pullout double sofa in the living room that sleeps 2.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Canoes and Kayaks can be rented locally from King's Sport and Tackle year round, and seasonally from Johnson's Beach and Monte Rio Beach. Water Trek Eco Tours rents boats in Jenner, along with providing guided excursions. Burke's Canoe provides pick up service after a day floating down the river during the summer months. Take advantage of our Guest Passport Program! The Russian River Vacation Homes Guest Passport Program is an ongoing program that gives our guests exclusive discounts directly from local businesses. Every reservation automatically receives one 'passport' to use at participating businesses in the area. We are so excited to be able to connect our guests with some of our favorite wineries, restaurants and activities in the area! We hope all these great discounts will prompt our guests to experience all the great things our area has to offer.


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The Knot Hole ~ Hot Tub, Redwoods, Creek, Dog Friendly, Private, Deck, BBQ!
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews

Relaxing creekside setting: a good summertime getaway

  • 3 of 5

The Knot Hole: the location of this cabin is optimal: on a creek, not far from the busy Bay Area, and in the thick of firs, redwoods, and nature's calm.

The house is quirky and smaller than we thought, not exactly like the photos. Lamps throughout help with lighting. The sofa bed --as a sofa-- is the very most uncomfortable seat for anyone or anything. We guessed it was ~30 years old: rock hard, dead cushions. The wood plank floor was more comfortable.

Screen doors and screened windows (esp in upstairs BR) would help for optimal aeration and (summer) early morning and late afternoon/evening enjoyment. Otherwise, with open doors, it's a mosquito haven. During our stay, the daily breezes were perfect, but we had to shut all doors & windows for insect control; to a small degree, this limited the in-house, summertime moments.

However, for these mid-summer days, the creek, just a few steps & down a pathway across the road, makes this place optimal.

We spent our days alongside the water in the sun as well as under the deciduous & evergreen trees' and umbrella's shade. The chairs, table, chaise loungers, and umbrellas were perfect.

We walked in the babbling water up and downstream to some deeper watering holes for plunges. It was fun to see tiny trout (or salmon?) swimming about, and also one crawdad before he hid under a submerged log. The dogs and humans loved the options!

At night, it was perfectly quiet even preceding, during, and following the 4th of July. The dogs' anxiety, and subsequent human anxiousness disappeared.

We spent most of our time (4 adults) outside: morning coffee on the upper tiny deck -- holds table, 4 chairs, umbrella & a few potted plants-- and, as mentioned, creek side.

There is another, much larger deck off the upper bedroom which is accessed only through this BR. However, the door was padlocked and a sign hung overhead: "Closed For The Season." We were a bit disappointed since this one was under full sun. Perhaps there was damage from the 2016-2017 rainy weather? I would've preferred that sign.

The house is close enough to 'civilization ' and amenities: Guerneville is 25-35 mins away, Duncans Mills (pub food, shops, PO,...) was 10-15.

We returned home very relaxed and look forward to another summer stay there.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquility and peace creekside

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I along with the grandparents and two grandkids (4 & 3 yrs) stayed at this lovely home. I don't want to give the wrong impression that the stay wasn't fabulous, it was. Just had minor inconveniences/annoyances. We initially had an incident - one child falling off stairs. Maybe I didn't read the description correctly, but everywhere it was a maze of stairs. The oven is broken - only low temp was working. Someone did write a note that a part was on it's way, but their wasn't a who knows how long it was on order. Just wish someone told us sooner so I didn't buy baking supplies/food specifically for oven. The pull out couch was a mess. The cushions were sunken and old and no one wanted to sit on it because it was quite uncomfortable.

Washer and dryer work, but I think there was sort of leakage happening at the base because the ground was wet when leaving the washer/dryer room.

Overall, we had a great experience making memories as a family and that I am thankful for. We definitely wouldn't mind staying again if a few items were replaced/fixed. Thank you for sharing your home with us and I hope I didn't come off as negative, just felt like someone should know to fix the items to make it a perfect stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

A whimsical little respite from the real world.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at The Knot Hole while attending the wedding of some friends in Cazadero. Our party was us + our 2 year old along with another couple and their small dog. At first the house seemed a bit smaller than it looked in the pictures, but once we settled in we found that that didn't matter at all, and that, in fact, everything was in wonderful proportion. Our friends (and their dog) stayed in the upstairs room and we all commented about how the setup provided the perfect amount of privacy. Beds and sheets were extremely comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare breakfast and dinner with supplies we bought in Guerneville. Despite the fact that temps outside were in the 80's-90's, it was cool and breezy in the house thanks to the copious amount of trees. My favorite parts of the house: the giant window in the downstairs bedroom that looks out on the hillside. It was like waking up in a terrarium. Also loved all the little touches, from the elevate outside dining area to bathtub sunk into the deck. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect cozy winter getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was cold outside during our stay, so the coziness of the space matched the weather and season perfectly. We cooked, soaked, napped and played along the creek. One of my favorite moments was slipping away to read quietly in the upstairs room where it feels like you're in a treehouse. The house is truly charming and we had a really lovely time. This is not so much a problem with the house but more a heads up to folks who with limited ability: My mother who was with us has Parkinson's and found it a bit challenging to get up and down the tall steps leading to the house, and the steps leading to the upstairs room. And because during this time of year the sun doesn't touch the ground often, the steps and deck could be slippery. Again, not criticizing, just wanting to provide info for folks in a similar situation.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pictures don't do this place justice. It was the perfect place.

  • 5 of 5

This place was an absolute gem. Bedding was inviting and comfortable, setting extremely quiet and lush. Felt like a hobbit in a remote forest setting. Spent a lot of time relaxing by the creek and all of our dinners were prepared and eaten onsite. The cutest bakery with superb pastries was less than a mile away in Cazadero and Guernville and Jenner were both 20 minutes away with a beautiful ride in the redwoods to boot. When we come back to the Russian River valley, we will be staying there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, California

Wonderful, Relaxing Location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed my time with my family at the Knot Hole. The cabin is very well appointed and located on a quiet street in Cazadero amongst the redwoods. The location is between Sebastapol and Bodega Bay / Jenner area. Plenty of great wineries in the Russian River area, including Joseph Phelps (awesome cabs), Gary Farrell (pinots, chardonnay), and Iron Horse (sparkling wines of all kinds). Fantastic seafood and coastal views in Bodega Bay, and two great breakfast places in Jenner (Cafe Aquatica) and closer to the cabin in Cazadero (weekends only). Some interesting Unabomber / Deliverance ambiance as you walk further up the road away from the bridge ....

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • Additional Fees
    -Cleaning/Linens Fee
    -14% Taxes on Rent and Cleaning (12% Transient Occupancy Tax and 2% Business Area Improvement Fee)
    -Damage Protection, see below
    -Optional Travel Insurance

    DAMAGE PROTECTION: Guests choose between a $49 Vacation Rental Damage Protection Fee and a $1000 Refundable Security Deposit. A $30 Processing Fee is added to reservations with the Security Deposit option. The Vacation Rental Damage Protection is strongly recommended and is the option most guests choose. It covers up to $3000 of accidental damage and can be used for many common 'damages,' such as an excessively dirty hot tub or pet-related damage.

    CHOOSING OPTIONAL FEES: If you book through VRBO/HomeAway, both Damage Protection options and the Optional Travel Insurance show in the rates. State your preference in the comments section of the reservation and we will adjust the rates before processing payment. If no preference is stated, we will contact you prior to processing payment.
  • When a reservation is received, we process payment and send an email confirmation within 24 hours or less. Confirmed reservations are final.

    -Two night minimum October to Memorial Day Weekend (holidays have a higher night minimum)
    -Three night minimum Memorial Day Weekend through late June, and September
    -Four night minimum end of June through August, expect week minimum over the July 4th Holiday and the first week of August.
    -Major holidays including Thanksgiving, Winter Break and President's Day may have a longer night minimum.
    -All specials exclude holidays and must be mentioned at the time of reservation.

    Read our Reservation Info for more information on our policies, including night minimums and rates.
  • NOTE: We use an automated system that integrates the VRBO/HomeAway booking engine with our own reservation software. This is generally a good thing; calendars and rates are more accurate than they ever have been and are becoming more reliable every day. However, this is new technology, and has occasionally malfunctioned. If your reservation seems to go through for less than the stated night minimums, or if the rental rates or availability seem too good to be true, be aware that the system may be experiencing an integration issue and your reservation may not be accepted. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
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